Social Work And Social Welfare Policy

2501 Words Dec 10th, 2014 11 Pages
Inequality signifies a disparity in the distribution of wealth, privilege, respect, education, health care, and other necessary resources, such as access to affordable housing, food, and clean water. The perpetuation of inequality creates social conflict and hinders the ability of individuals and communities from achieving their full potential (Blau, 2010). There are several causes for the rise of inequality in the United States, such as our public education system, the philosophy of the underserving poor, lack of affordable housing, the myth of the culture of poverty, and oppression. All of these factors contribute to the rise of inequality in the United States and have significant implications for the field of social work and social welfare policy. We will discuss in-depth and investigate how these factors can influence social welfare policy and how social workers can effectively provide services for their client base. Jonathan Kozol revealed to the masses the atrocities of the United States public education system in his novel “Savage Inequalities.” Kozol enlightens us to the fact that public schools, especially in poorer communities are utterly failing. In his novel, he ventures to several notoriously poor communities such as Irvington, Paterson, East Orange, District 10, and East St. Louis. He reports that within communities such as those listed above, thousands of students arrive to classrooms with no teachers. The degree of degradation of these public schools is…
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